A load of Newcastle supporters have been reacting on social media after Italian newspaper Il Messaggero suggested SS Lazio will ramp up their efforts to sign Jamaal Lascelles.
The Rome-based publication had suggested earlier in the week that I Biancocelesti’s Sporting Director Igil Tare had identified our captain as a potential target for his summer spending, having scouted the Premier League for young defenders who would improve Simone Inzaghi’s squad.
Arsenal’s Callum Chambers was also thought to have emerged on his shortlist, with both valued at €14million (£12.4m), but it has become clear that it is not the Englishman who he favours.
Il Messaggero shared on Thursday that Tare is ‘especially’ interested in Lascelles, and could use Jordan Lukaku to sweeten the deal, given our interest in the Belgian left-back in January and intent to strengthen the position this summer.
Lukaku, brother to Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, had even flown to the United Kingdom to carry out a medical with us in the winter, which he reportedly failed.
Reports in Italy at the time suggested the deal collapsed over the 24-year-old’s wage demands, but the Chronicle poured cold on those in the days after the deal collapsed.
So given what happened in January, and the reasons why a move for the 8-cap former international fell apart, it’s no wonder the Newcastle fanbase have reacted in the way they have…
Give us Immobile and we’ll chuck in Manquillo.
— Dean Woods (@wuds100) June 13, 2019
— Simon (@LittleHenryD) June 13, 2019
Unless it’s 11 players no point.
— Rum Razor Barbershop (@Rumrazorbarbers) June 13, 2019
Fail a medical, go back in for him a few months later, and allow our captain to be swapped for the medical failure? Yeh makes sense ????
— Dan Drury (@39mrdanddrp) June 13, 2019
Lol these guys think they’re dealing with Bologna or Genoa
— The Perennial Pundit (@PerennialPundit) June 13, 2019
Ashley will take pizzas.
— ⬜⬛SWAMPY⬛⬜ (@10Swampmonster) June 13, 2019
We aren’t going to accept that considering we sent him back in January
— Callum McKenzie (@CalMck10) June 13, 2019
He’s not the best defender in PL but his mentality is A+, would take something crazy for me to trade him.
— Jimmy (@Suppe77) June 14, 2019
No way that would be a terrible deal. Maybe one of their better players but Lukaku, no thanks
— Southern Magpie (@southern_magpie) June 13, 2019
Well if I was Lacelles my transfer request would be on the table now. Same if I was any other player here why would you want to stay and compete to be 17th every year
— LeeTheMag (@LeeTheMag) June 13, 2019
Maybe our new manager may go for it with a little persuasion from Ashley..!!!!!
— boybaff70 (@BaffDarren) June 13, 2019